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Preliminary Assessment of the State Programme “Plant the Future”
01-Nov-2017

This publication has been produced with the assistance of the European Union. The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of People in Need and PMC Research Center and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union. The policy study presents recommendations on improving the state programme “Plant the Future.”

 

Mapping Out Public Procurement System of Food in Georgia
04-Aug-2017

The research has been produced with the financial assistance of European Union within the project "Improving Regional Food Security in the South Caucasus through National Strategies and Small Holder Production".

 

Assessment of Fiscal Sustainability of the Universal Healthcare Program in Georgia, 2015-2030
28-Jul-2017

During the past decade, Georgia reformed its health sector and achieved a decline in child and infant mortality, a reduction in expenditure of inpatient services, an improvement in accessibility, equity and affordability of healthcare services. However, healthcare still remained unaffordable for almost half of the population, and people were spending a large share of their income on out-of-pocket expenses in comparison to other low-and medium-income countries.

 

Possible Challenges of Harmonization of Georgian Legislation with the Acquis Communautaire of the European Union in Energy Sector
28-Jul-2017

European Union’s (EU) strategic interest and relations with Georgia have been developing over past years. In this period, Georgia significantly deepened its ties with the EU. On the one hand, EU’s strategic interest and on other hand, Georgia’s considerable progress in the reforms maintained to implement EU’s foreign policy initiatives in Georgia such as the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) and the Eastern Partnership (EaP). These initiatives are aimed at economic development, fostering democracy, equality, rule of law and strengthening human rights credentials. In general, EU-Georgia relations have been centred on three main issues: assistance to political and economic transition processes, conflict resolution and support to the development of the energy potential of the country.

 

Transit of Energy Resources from Iran via Georgia to Western Markets: Prospects, Risks, Challenges and Opportunities
28-Jul-2017

The paper attempts to analyse possibilities for energy transit from Iran to Georgia and further to the Western markets that have recently opened to energy supplies from Iran as international sanctions have been lifted. Iran, estimated to be the world's fourth-largest country by proven oil reserves1, and first or second by gas reserves2, is in the process of reclaiming its share of gas and oil exports to the world, and in particular to Europe.

 

Armenia-Georgia Trade: Getting Close or Distant?
29-Nov-2016

Armenia’s decision to join the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) exempted traders from union member countries from paying value added tax (VAT) and excise tax, thus putting Georgian traders in a disadvantaged position and breaking the main principles of the FTA between Georgia and Armenia.

Georgia-Turkey Trade Relations - Challenges and Opportunities
14-Nov-2016

The research aimed to assess the effects of this FTA on the Georgian economy, thereby enabling policy makers to limit possible negative effects and maximize benefits.

Study in Georgia: Prospects of Internationalization of Higher Education
25-Oct-2016

The primary aim of the research is to describe and analyze Georgia’s potential for the internationalization and export of higher education system, and to deliver policy recommendations.

 

Assessment of the Challenges and Opportunities for Renewable Energy Directive Transposition
12-Oct-2016

The research provides analysis of the concept of compulsory measures of the EU Renewable Energy Directive (2009/28/EC) and to identify the gaps in the Georgian legislation on energy in terms of conformity with this EU directive.

 

Transit of Energy Resources from Iran via Georgia to Western Markets: Prospects, Risks, Challenges and Opportunities
04-Oct-2016

The paper attempts to analyse possibilities for energy transit from Iran to Georgia and further to the Western markets that have recently opened to energy supplies from Iran as international sanctions have been lifted. Iran, estimated to be the world's fourth-largest country by proven oil reserves1, and first or second by gas reserves2, is in the process of reclaiming its share of gas and oil exports to the world, and in particular to Europe.